Signing Day Impact Michael Bennett

Ohio State loaded up on defensive linemen for the 2011 recruiting class, and one of the highest-rated is Centerville (OH) star Michael Bennett. The four-star defensive tackle is a dynamic, explosive player, with the versatility to play either side of the football.

Michael Bennett has faxed his letter of intent to Ohio State, joining one of the nation's top recruiting classes. Bennett is a four-star recruit, and a player that is talented enough to factor into the mix on either side of the football.

Although the 6-foot-3, 275-pound, lineman starred at both offensive guard and defensive tackle for Centerville, Bennett is expected to start out at defensive tackle for the Buckeyes.

The depth chart ahead of him is crowded, but Bennett could find a way to move into playing time, even though Johnny Simon, Johnathon Hankins, Garrett Goebel and Adam Bellamy are all returning lettermen.


I love the way Bennett brings not only a physical presence to defensive line play, but he is a very cerebral player, and he uses both strengths to his advantage. If he adds to his strength and quickness through work in the Ohio State strength and conditioning program, the Buckeyes could have a future great one.

"A 2-way lineman, Bennett lines up at times as an offensive guard/tackle and a defensive tackle. He's got an attack mentality on either side of the ball. Plays with good pad level and does a good job of winning the battle to get low. Inexperience on the defensive side of the ball, but plenty of experience battling in tight quarters on either side of the ball," - Scott Kennedy,

Bennett on his future:

Bennett also spoke of his feelings for Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel, and of his fondness for him, both as a coach and as a person.

"Coach Tressel is a great coach obviously, and I like him very much as a man," Bennett stressed. "If I didn't respect him as much as I did, there's no way I would have committed to his school, because that meant a lot to me."

"Coach Tressel seems like a coach that cares so much for his players, and I want to be a part of that," he continued. "I feel he's a coach that won't let me fail, and I like that. When I gave him the news today, he was very excited to have me."

Not just a great football player, Bennett is an excellent student, and has plans on a career in medicine after football.

"I know Ohio State can give me everything I need to succeed in life," Bennett said. "I want to play pro football if I am good enough, but I know football ends at some point, so my career after football means the most to me. I've wanted to be in the medical field all my life, and Ohio State can make that happen."

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